Runway Report: Louis Vuitton SS18

As Paris Fashion Week came to a close, Nicolas Ghesquière historically staged the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2018 collection in the Louvre’s Pavillon de l’Horloge. The show took place in what was once a moat protecting a medieval fortress. The Great Sphinx of Tanis, dating back to 2600 BC, took the head of the runway. Anachronism with a hint of romanticism was the ideal of the Spring Summer 2018 collection.

With this, Ghesquière manifested French history and its relation with Louis Vuitton through the collection, via sportswear with costume references and frock coats fashioned in brocades and embroidered silk. The idea, as explained by Ghesquière was to demonstrate the incorporation of pieces considered costume into an everyday wardrobe. Almost all looks were paired back to athletic sneakers with a whole lotta sole, whilst others were styled alongside silk running shorts. The concept was to transcend historic, out of context references into wearable fashion today.

Sculptural leather and vinyl textures that produced a high-gloss effect were pleasantly included in the collection. Aristocratic garments made way in the forms of high-collared jackets, stiff white ruffles, billowing shirts and tapered pants. Ghesquière debuted his undoubtedly highest Instagrammable look, as he walked a T-shirt printed with a post for the Netflix series, “Stranger Things” down the runway to an appreciative audience. And just like that, the historical tennis match of Louis Vuitton’s collection bounced back into the 21st century.   

About the Author

Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione